My interns have been doing an amazing job sharing, from their perspective, my career readiness training held at Staten Island Technical High School’s Summer College Head Start Program. You can read about what they learned here (7/12 event by Jalynn), here (7/12 event by Jennifer), and here (7/14 event by Jennifer).
From my perspective, I can tell you exactly what I told my students who got to take part in this training – no matter how well I know the lessons I want to share (and hello, I have been creating, sharing and documenting these lessons to students since 2003 oh and wrote 2 books about it - The Book on College Readiness and The Book on Career Readiness) I still get nervous before any presentation/class.
This is a powerful thing to share – imho. I do not know if enough people are comfortable sharing that sometimes executing on your dream, your passion can be scary. By sharing this, it helps me really bring home the lesson that everyone is nervous about public speaking, about following their dreams, about putting themselves out there but the key is in using that nervous energy to help yourself be more present in the moment and not to pull you out of the moment.
When I have the opportunity to share my lessons, advice, books and passion for college and career readiness for students, that is what is the most exciting thing for this small business owner. In teaching others, I learn as well.
the next step teaching career readiness on 7/12
On Tuesday 7/12, it was a long day of “lessons” – I had a lot of information to share about
There was also some give and take (more in the afternoon session than the early morning start) and I was beyond impressed with what the students had to share.
After giving them the tools to be ready for careers and even college – it was time to break and I gave some “homework” assignments for the next session on 7/14. I decided to go with a "low-tech" session for that Thursday.
The next step "low-tech" learning session on 7/14
On Thursday, 7/14, it was time for the students to demonstrate what I taught them. We began with the 3 skills -> everyone was able to tell their skills in stories and then move forward and execute on their elevator value pitch. This is not an easy thing to do for anyone – these students made it look easy. Everyone wrote down their pitch and shared it and I had only to make minor edits for their execution strategies.
Getting the chance to go back on 7/21 was amazing too – focusing on the interview skills boot camp and having a co-presenter was so powerful. As an educator, I am used to sharing the spotlight at times and having a co-teacher but as an solopreneur, I am more used to doing my work on my own. That being said, having a co-presenter for this was amazingly powerful for the students. I am going to wait until my interns share about what they thought about this training before I add more.
I hope to be presenting at more and more schools in the New York City area with my College Readiness and Career Readiness. I hope to be at your school soon! If you are interested in learning more about my training programs, click here.
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Lisa Vento Nielsen